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Seven Meters

Rúrí takes on the challenge of using seven normal folding rules to create a notable work of art. The result is not unlike a display of how a folding rule works and the artist would later use these mass-produced objects extensively. Seven Meters is typical for Rúrí's first steps along this path that would keep the artist rapt for most of the 1990s. The work is categorized as a relief since six of the rules form different geometric variations, triangles, squares and rhombuses that derive from the seventh folding rule that is folded out in a straight vertical line. Without ever bending the limits set by the meter-long rule, Rúrí managed to create a number of different reliefs that were exclusively based on the possibilities of this limited scale. A few years later she had relieved the rule from the wall and created three-dimensional units that would stand on their own on the floor of an exhibition space.

The meter or “the measurement” as the word translates directly from Greek, has quite the history going back to the 17 th century. In order to create a universal measurement based on tens, the distance from the North Pole to the equator was used as a reference. A meter is 1/10,000,000 of that distance. The measurement was officially taken up by France in 1795. Since then, most of the world's nations have chosen to use the metric system as their main tool of measurement.

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The National Gallery of Iceland